Wednesday, October 11, 2006

It's National Coming Out Day

Last year I wrote a post honoring members of Hollywoods out community who are brave enough to be out of the closet despite our nation's recent regressive attitude about civil rights. So, this is a repeat list of honor but here are some entertainment types who demand our collective respect because they make the world a better place by representing truthfully.

This post is dedicated to forward thinking and 'live and let live' people of all persuasions.


Out Writers, Directors and Producers
[Links take you to to official sites or IMDB pages]
Pedro Almodovar (Volver, Talk To Her) Pedro Postings
Jane Anderson (The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio, Normal)
Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin, The Doom Generation, The Living End)
Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, American Beauty)
Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters, Dawsons Creek, Broken Hearts Club)
Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey)
Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliott)
John Greyson (Proteus, Lilies)
Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, Safe)
Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know)
Tom Kalin (Swoon, Savage Grace)
Joe Mantello (Love! Valour! Compassion! and lots of Broadway)
John Maybury (The Jacket, Love is the Devil)
John Cameron Mitchell (Shortbus, Hedwig and the Angry Inch)
François Ozon (8 Women, Swimming Pool, Under the Sand)
Angela Robinson (Debs, Herbie: Fully Loaded)
Don Roos (Happy Endings, The Opposite of Sex, Bounce)
Paul Rudnick (Addams Family Values, The Stepford Wives and theater)
Adam Shankman (Hairspray, Bringing Down the House)
Joel Schumacher (Phone Booth, Batman and Robin )
Bryan Singer (Superman Returns, X2, The Usual Suspects)
Rose Troche(Go Fish, Hung, The L Word)
Guinever Turner (American Psycho, The L Word)
Christine Vachon (Far From Heaven, Boys Don't Cry and A Killer Life)
Gus Van Sant (Last Days, Good Will Hunting, My Own Private Idaho)
Kevin Williamson (The Scream films)
John Waters (A Dirty Shame, Hairspray, Pink Flamingos)

Out Actors and Performers
Chad Allen (End of the Spear, Dr Quinn Medicine Woman)
Alexis Arquette (The Trip, Wigstock, The Surreal Life)
John Barrowman (De-Lovely and a ton o' theater)
Jackie Beat (Adam & Steve, Grief)related post
Sandra Bernhard (The King of Comedy, Roseann) related post
Simon Callow (Phantom of the Opera, A Room with a View)
Craig Chester (Adam & Steve, Swoon. related post)
Allan Corduner (Topsy Turvy, Vera Drake)
Alan Cumming (X2 and Broadway) top 100
Wilson Cruz (My So Called Life)
Ellen Degeneres (talk show and comedic superstardom)
Rupert Everett (My Best Friends Wedding) other Rupert posts
Harvey Fierstein (Mrs Doubtfire, Torch Song Trilogy and Broadway superstardom)
Peter Frechette (Inside Man, Grease 2, TV's thirtysomething)
Stephen Fry (Hitchhikers Guide, Wilde, novelist, frequent host of BAFTAs)
Malcolm Gets (Adam & Steve, TVs Caroline in the City)
Sara Gilbert (Riding in Cars with Boys, TVs Roseanne, 24, Twins)
Jason Gould(Boys Life 3, son of Barbra Streisand)
Nathan Lane (The Producers, The Birdcage & Broadway superstardom)
Jane Lynch (For Your Consideration, The 40 Year Old Virgin)top 100
Cheyenne Jackson (United 93 and Broadway) hump day hottie


Derek Jacobi (Love is the Devil and a ton of theater)
Cherry Jones (The Village, Cradle Will Rock, & Broadway superstardom)
Miriam Margoyles (Age of Innocence, Magnolia, Being Julia)
Heather Matarazzo (The Princess Diaries, Welcome to the Dollhouse)
Eric Millegan (TV's Bones and lots of theater)
Cynthia Nixon (Sex & the City and Broadway)
Sir Ian McKellen (X-Men, Lord of the Rings) related post and top 100
Rosie O'Donnell (talk show and comedic superstardom)
Denis O'Hare (Heights, Garden State, and frequent Broadway)
Sarah Paulson (Down With Love, Broadway, TV, Cherry Jones' girl)
Anthony Rapp (Rent, Adventures in Babysitting, plus Broadway work)
Portia de Rossi (Ally McBeal, Arrested Development, Ellen's girlfriend)
Fiona Shaw (The Black Dahlia, Harry Potter, and a lot of theater)
Christopher Sieber (TV's It's all Relative, Two of a Kind, and Broadway)
George Takei (Sulu of Star Trek TV and movies)
Lily Tomlin (I Heart Huckabees, Nashville, Nine to Five)
Gedde Watanabe (Sixteen Candles and lots of TV)
BD Wong (lots of Broadway, voice work, and TV's Oz)

  • If you're straight and wondering why gay people care about this: consider your own life. Your sexuality is not private. Weddings, children, rings, name changes, dates in public places, etc... it's all right out there for everyone to see. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
  • If you're still struggling with living a true life: take a deep breath and go for it. It's not always easy but it's paradise compared to the alternative. You only get one life.
  • If you're Jodie Foster or Anderson Co0-- oh, never mind.
  • If you're wondering about music people. I can't go there. That'd take weeks.
  • If you want to see more complete lists, here's a good extensive one... and there's also the Wikipedia pages for gay and lesbian actors.

90 comments:

Alanna said...

There should be a name for this. Not a blacklist, but... a pinklist? BTW, Miranda July had a fantastic queer-themed short story in The New Yorker a couple issues back. As for Jodie and Anderson... those are secrets everyone knows. But if they want their sex life to be private, I totally respect that.

Alanna said...

Also, in honor of today I'll be posting about my favorite queer TV characters, in case anyone is interested. should be up by this afternoon.

Arden said...

um... BD Wong is also on SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT. And he's goddamn incredible on it.

Anonymous said...

Bravo to all of them!

But wait, isn't Stephen Daldry married to a woman? Does your list include bisexuals?

I also didn't know that Fiona Shaw. my new favorite scenery chewer, was a lebesian, which kind of makes me like her more.

Jodie and Coop...meh!

Marco

NATHANIEL R said...

stephen daldry is married yes. but has never, to my knowledge, changed his original story about being gay. anyone know details?

Anonymous said...

re: stephen daldry... can you spell g-r-e-e-n c-a-r-d?

he married a lesbian american performance artist and he's about as bisexual as clint eastwood.

lots of fine film gays and lesbians omitted from your list including deborah warner, john maybury, phyllis nagy, saffron burrows, etc.

Gerry said...

I don't *know* what's up with Daldry though I heard he married a lesbian because he wanted to have children? That could be b-s though.

Arcand is married to his producer (a woman). I definately know he's advocated for gay causes but I do not think he is gay himself.

Amy said...

Interesting. I had no idea Lily Tomlin or Heather Matarazzo were gay. There's an interesting Guardian article here: http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,,604631,00.html (Yes, I have no idea how to link), about gay (or bisexual in Daldry's case) getting married.

Anyway, thanks for the post. And where is the Little Children review!?

NATHANIEL R said...

thanks Gerry. yeah. i saw Arcand on a list but couldn't find backup info so I'm removing him.

I haven't included everyone obviously so I will update as I can or depending on what new info unfolds ;)

anonymous -thanks for the new names.

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Uh, what about ALAN BALL!!!!!!

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whyayvee said...

What about Randy Harrison?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Harrison

Kamikaze Camel said...

Impressive list, and sure to get longer.

Sorta makes ya proud.

Kevin Laforest said...

Funny, I ran into Rufus Wainwright yesterday, so HOT and so SWEET...

Wearing eyeliner, though, not sure what's up with THAT.

(Rufus' out, btw)

NATHANIEL R said...

oh i know re: Rufus.
if i'd tried to do music people the list woulda been about four days late. where would it stop?

Neel Mehta said...

I know it's hard to be complete with a list like this, but where's John Glover? He's only the finest actor on the gayest show on TV.

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